iOS8 simulator – keyboard drawer behavior

Beware: As of iOS8, the on-screen keyboard doesn’t slide out when there’s a hardware keyboard connected.

The iOS Simulator simulates a hardware keyboard by default, so unless you turn off “Connect Hardware Keyboard” you’ll see very different behavior than the majority of your users.

iOS Simulator keyboard settings

Hardware keyboard enabled:

iOS Simulator hardware keyboard enabled

Hardware keyboard disabled:

iOS Simulator hardware keyboard disabled


iCatcher! podcatcher app for iOS – mini review

I recently found a new favorite podcatching app called iCatcher! (the exclamation is theirs, but I share their enthusiasm).  The selling points for me are:

  • over-the-air downloads aren’t subject to the 50MB iTunes Store OTA download limit
  • 30 second skip button for video (not just audio), and a 30 second rewind button
  • plays video in portrait orientation
  • a sleep timer
  • if you’re playing a video and you lock the device, the video’s audio will continue to play
  • play video files back at 2x speed (a feature that iTunes Mobile supports only for audio files)

I can’t express how excited I am about that last feature.  The app has been working as advertised so far – no crashes or bugs.  iCatcher is $2 in the App Store.